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“We wrote the lyrics in, like, 45 minutes,” Lydia Liza told Andrea Swensson this week when she and Josiah Lemanski visited our studios to sing their new version of the holiday standard “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The two never guessed that their recording would become a viral hit, resonating with listeners around the world who disliked the creepy vibe of the original.

The two, Minneapolis singer-songwriters who have been collaborating on music and are also dating, revised the song’s lyrics on a whim — replacing the male partner’s sexually aggressive lines with respectful and amusing expressions of support. “I was like, ‘You know what song’s awful?‘” remembered Lemanski. “She was like, ‘Dude, yes!’ We got out a notepad right there.”

They quickly recorded their version in Lydia Liza’s home studio — taking only “like 20 minutes,” said Liza — and posted it on SoundCloud to share for their friends’ amusement.

The witty and sensitive rewrite, though, was a hit well beyond their friend circle. “It got picked up by The Current, which sparked everything else,” said Lemanski. “Then it went to TIME.”

“I was waiting for that,” remembered Liza, referring to the TIME article, “and I saw that CNN had messaged me on Facebook. I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!'” The track ultimately amassed more than 400,000 plays on SoundCloud, with coverage in dozens of media outlets around the world.

Now, the two have recorded a professional studio version that’s coming out within the next few days on nonprofit Minneapolis label Rock the Cause Records — a label known for releases including Zach Sobiech’s “Clouds” and the recent Gazing with Tranquility tribute to Donovan. A portion of proceeds from the new version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” will go to the Sexual Violence Center and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

“I look at the song and laugh, because it’s funny,” said Liza, “but I’m also just so grateful I was able to do something” to help raise awareness about the importance of consent in sexual relationships.

Lemanski added that “for both of us, this is one of the topics that we’ve felt really strongly about for a long time. We got lucky that this is the message that we get to get out there.”

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Thank You, Eddie Cardona Jr. (SlyFoxHound) 

Just enjoy the ride

Thank you so much, Sly for everything you have done in the hub. When I first saw the video I thought it would be normal, until I saw the time limit. I wasn’t hoping or expecting for you to leave, but as you explained throughout the video why, I agreed completely. I support and respect your decisions, and wish you the best of luck and where your headed. I can’t wait to see you in Florida (which I just moved here). But, the Creatures wouldn’t be the same without youwe’re all going to miss that hype attitude, that smexy face. Sly, I just want you to know, just thank youThank you for the past 3 years of dedication, sweat, editing, videos, and content you have provided on the hub. If you were not a Creature at all I think everything would just be so different. Just a big thank you, Sly. I wish you the best, and Me and the rest of the homies will stand by with you no matter, Senpapi. #HomiesUnite

As long as you’re happy, we’re happy.

My Official Statement:

As you may have heard by now, mommy is pregnant. I have consulted with my lawyers and apparently this type of betrayal is legal in all 50 States, leaving me powerless. I know in time I will accept the new addition to the family, but until then, I appreciate your ongoing love, support and kind words. I ask that you please respect my privacy as I cope with the abrupt changes in my life. 

Sincerely,

Nori [The original ‘Only One’]

Today is the Transgender Day of Visibility! According to Trans Student Equality Resources:

TDoV is a day to show your support for the trans community. It aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans community. Unlike Transgender Day of Remembrance, this is not a day for mourning: this is a day to be empowered and get the recognition we deserve! 

Trans followers, I support, respect and celebrate you 100%. Each and every one of you is totally badass. Keep bein’ you. And to find a TDoV event near you, click here

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friendly reminder you’re no better than the admin of fykai

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just to be clear - you can still ship larry. as long as you’re respectful and not causing anyone any harm (aka erasing freddie’s existence or louis’ role as a dad, harassing louis and harry and their fam and friends, posting ‘larry is real’ on everyone’s insragrams) then you’re free to ship who you want. enjoy the fanart, enjoy the fanfiction, make your manips. just leave the real people out of it

I’m still often afraid to call them my abusers or myself a survivor or what I’m experiencing trauma. Half the time, I feel I don’t qualify.
—  Posted by Anonymous

I don’t know how I feel about this tbh. I understand people are upset over the whole Luke and Arazaylea situation but why is that going to change your support of the band. Luke losing followers, sure I guess that’s understandable, but cancelling orders on the album. Why are you going to let one person’s possible relationship and new attitude affect your support of the band. I get you might have lost respect for Luke but why are you going to take it out on the other boys; Calum,Ashton, and Michael all worked really hard to create this beautiful album and you’re just going to destroy their hard work because you’re mad at one person. Go ahead go unfollow Luke if you’re angry but don’t take it out on the other boys because they don’t deserve to pay for someone else’s mistake. Anyways rant over, continue enjoying your day

When I say I’m a feminist, don’t you EVER confuse me with a man-hating woman with a need to have more rights than men. Don’t ever think that I hate people who are NOT feminists. Don’t assume that someone HURT me and I’m a feminist because I’m angry and want revenge. Don’t assume that I’m angry at all. Don’t even assume I feel oppressed. True feminism is not like this. I don’t have to be oppressed to support the ones who are. True feminism is about equality, and equality only. Equal rights, equal possibilities and equal consequences. I am not above any other gender, ethnicity, sexuality or belief, unless your beliefs are douche beliefs that support oppression and make people suffer. I respect everyone unless you are a douche. It’s quite simple.

As an author who enjoys writing smut, I am bone fucking tired of the hoity-toity attitude I observe among other authors that there is more to writing than writing smut or that writing smut is easy and ‘a gimme’ or that writers are inferior because they prefer to roll around in the gutter. Writing anything well requires skill and dedication. Even as you look down your snoot at me, I support your right to tell your story the way you choose and respect the time and effort that you invest into your craft. Perhaps you might afford me the same goddamned courtesy.

I am so here for my closeted aces. Whether you’re not out because you aren’t sure, you’re in a bad situation, or aren’t comfortable with it, I love you and support you. You are worthy of love and respect and happiness. Stay safe ❤❤